Visa Interview Tips

You will probably have to attend an interview with a US consular officer to get your visa.

If you are a J-1 or TN scholar, you'll need to show that you do not intend to immigrate to the United States and that you have a residence in a country outside the US where you will return. The burden of proof is on you, so be prepared!

If you are in H-1B or O-1 status, you don't have to prove that you will return to your home country. These statuses allow you to pursue permanent residency in the US.


  • Expect the interview to be conducted in English. If English is not your native language, practice English conversation before the interview.

  • Consulate officers are under pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview. The first thing you say and the initial impression you make are critical.

  • Make your answers to the officer’s questions complete, but keep them brief. Listen carefully and be sure that you understand the question fully; ask the officer to please repeat any question you don't understand.

  • Be organized. Have your supporting documentation in a logical order ready for presentation. Don't bring papers with you to the interview unless you are prepared to show the documents to the consular officer.

  • Be prepared to discuss what you expect to gain from your time in the US and how you will use this experience in your home country.

  • Be friendly and courteous to the consular officer and try to appear confident that you will receive the visa.